Monday, July 06, 2015

Welcome to the Blue, Eric Surkamp!


Eric Surkamp, acquired by the club less than two months ago, has joined the Dodgers for tonight's game.  As you'll recall, we attained the minor league starting pitcher from the White Sox for former Dodger prospect Blake Smith.  He will replace the injured Carlos Frias.

Per Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider:
Surkamp will not start, however. Instead, relief pitcher Yimi Garcia will make his first official MLB start, with the Dodgers possibly then playing a platoon switcheroo and bringing Surkamp in for early long relief.
BTW, you can follow Eric on twitter here:  @ESurkamp  

In celebration of Surkamp's arrival to the Dodgers I made the above fantasy card for him.  I used a photograph grabbed from his twitter account and the 1972 Topps Baseball card design.

Below are his career stats, via Baseball-Reference:


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#SaveDodgerfilms - Bobby Crosby Banned from Filming at Dodger Stadium


Huh!

I just found out about this and can't believe it.  Bobby Crosby, the proprietor of the famous DodgerFilms on youtube, has been told that he can "no longer film anything at Dodger Stadium."  Wha....?

This is so short-sighted.

I think it's fair to say that there is no other fan, including those that blog about the team like myself, that has done more to support and promote the team than Bobby. 

Check out his video page here on youtube.  He gets hundred of thousands of hits per video and I assure you that kids love watching his exploits.  Crosby provides more free publicity and goodwill than can be measured, and to stop him from doing what he does is a shame.

Watch his video explaining the situation below.  There is also a petition on change.org.  (Hat Tip: mpgiii on reddit)  I might also suggest writing the Dodgers.  You can do that on their website here.  There was also an email the current ownership gave out when they initially took over the team that the team president, Stan Kasten, claimed he looked at personally.  It is: fanbox@LADodgers.com (I'm not entirely sure if this is still in use).

Video Link:

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2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions - The Only Dodger Card

I didn't plan on sharing any cards from this set; especially since there are no obvious Dodger players featured in it.  Then I noticed that Mark McGwire has two different cards, so I figured "why not!"  After all, he's a Dodger now... kind of...

Besides, I feel kind of sad for Upper Deck.  They are basically out of the Baseball card hobby after being the most influential innovator in the business in the early 90's.  Today, after years of poor management, lost licenses and declining prestige are just a mere shadow of what they once were. 

So, here ya go - a Mark McGwire 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions card featuring him in a polo shirt while holding a bat.  At least it's not as gloriously ugly look as that Ron Cey card from last year

Go here for a complete checklist of the set.

#47 Mark McGwire

#119 Mark McGwire


Black/White Autographs

#142 Mark McGwire
(redemption card)

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Phillies Series Starts Today - Scheduled Autograph Sessions, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts Monday evening (tonight) against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Below are the scheduled autograph opportunities and other odds and ends for this upcoming homestand.

Tommy Lasorda’s Trattoria will be offering the BLT Pizza during this homestand.  It features a fresh dough pizza slice with shredded mozzarella cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, topped with shredded iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes and drizzled with creamy Ranch dressing.  Check out a pic of it on the left.

The Extreme Loaded Dogs stands will be offering the Philly Cheesesteak Dog for this series against the Phillies.  It consists of a quarter pound all-beef Super Dodger Dog topped with shredded beef sirloin, sautéed onions and cheese whiz.  Check out a pic of it on the right.

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Monday, July 6th at 7:10 PM
SNLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Monday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:00 PM. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Maury Wills bobblehead.  See it on the left.

Former “The Voice” contestant and current star of “Phantom of the Opera” at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre Chris Mann will perform the national anthem.

Dodger alumnus Matt Luke will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • The Military Hero of the Game is retired U.S. Air Force Major General Marvin Barry.

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Tuesday, July 7th at 7:10 PM
SNLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Tuesday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM. 

World-famous dog trainer Cesar Millan will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Millan will be joined by one of his dogs named Junior.

Dodger alumnus Al Ferrara will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Marine Corps E5 Sergeant Alexander Esquer.


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Wednesday, July 8th at 7:10 PM
SNLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Wednesday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:00 PM.  The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Hello Kitty plush doll.  See it on the left.

It is also Japan Night at Dodger Stadium.  The Nisei Week Court will be on hand and a Taiko Drum performance by LA Matsuri Taiko will take place pregame. Hello Kitty will participate in photo sessions in the right-field plaza from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hello Kitty will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Peter O’Malley, president of the Dodgers from 1970-1998, will receive “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” decoration from Harry H. Horinouchi, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles. The pregame ceremony will mark the official presentation of the decoration, conferred by Emperor Akihito. If not already sold out go here for information.

The Extreme Loaded Dogs stands will be offering the Nihon Teriyaki Dog for Japan Night, only.  It consists of a quarter pound all-beef Super Dodger Dog is dipped in teriyaki sauce, served on sweet Hawaiian bread and topped with a pineapple, cilantro and diced tomato salsa.

Dodger alumnus Tim Leary will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • The Military Heroes of the Game are U.S. Army E4 Richard Krykrew, U.S. Navy E4 Benjamin Robles, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Third Class Mayo Westbrooks and U.S. Marine Corps Corporal E4 Marlowe Dickerson.

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Thursday, July 9th at 7:10 PM
SNLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Thursday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM. 

Singer and songwriter Blair Perkins will perform the national anthem. Actress Judy Greer, star of “Jurassic World” and FX Networks’ “Married,” will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Dodger alumnus Dennis Powell will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant E6 Bert Brescher.

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Blog Kiosk: 7/6/2015 - Dodger Links - Olivera, Bolsinger and Pederson


Yesterday was Photo Day at Dodger Stadium, and as you can see above there was plenty of room for fans to interact with the players.  Go here to check out a bunch of pics taken by Dodger photographers Jill Weisleder and Jon SooHoo of the afternoon.  Photo above via Jill Weisleder/LA Dodgers 2015.

Below are some links to check out:
“It’s different when you come from some other country, and you come here and you sign a good contract that you know you’re set for life,” Vizcaino said. “The only thing you worry about is playing baseball. That’s a great thing for them, but either way he’s hungry to play, he wants to play, he wants to prove that he deserves that kind of money and that’s why I like working with him because he wants to get better every day.”
Per Baseball-Reference, Mike Bolsinger has a whopping 37.2 percent strikes looking rate, which is the highest rate in the majors by a 3.2 percent margin (ahead of the Marlins' David Phelps).

By Fangraphs' metrics, his 55.1 percent zone-swing rate is by far the lowest in baseball (minimum 60 IP). He also features the 12th-lowest outside-swing rate, and the lowest total swing rate (39.1 percent).
  • For the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago at the end of this month Panini America is handing out a six-card set to VIP's that includes the Joc Pederson card below.  Go here to see the rest of them.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

2015 Panini Elite Baseball - The Dodger Base Cards

Earlier this week Panini released their Elite Baseball card set.  Go here for a complete checklist.  This is a foil-based brand with a 200-card base set.  Check out all of the Dodger cards in the base set below.

Of note, this is the first Panini set to include ballplayers in their college Baseball uniforms.  Unfortunately, no Dodger players are a part of those insert sets.

#15 Joc Pederson                                 #35 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 7/3/2015 - Dodger Links - 14 New Dodgers Added to the Franchise Yesterday


With the All-Star Game just around the corner I though this AP press wire photo of the 1962 All-Star Game starting pitchers would be a good way to start this Independence Day weekend.  Featured above is Don Drysdale and Jim Bunning.  Pic via eBay.

Below are some links to check out:
  • Via Mark Saxon at ESPN, "Brandon League closing out rehab stint, designated for assignment."
  • Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider tells us a bit more about the nine international prospects the Dodger signed yesterday: "Dodgers sign nine international prospects, led by Yadier Alvarez, Starling Heredia."  Jon also spoke with Dodger senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes here: "Teenagers are no wasteland for Dodger international scouts."
On Alvarez: “He’s one of the more talented teenage right-handed pitchers who a lot of us who have been doing this a long time have seen,” said Byrnes, who added that Alvarez throws 97 mph, “occasionally touching 99-100, with very little effort and some pretty good feel for secondary pitches.”
On Heredia: “That is rare,” Byrnes said. “I don’t think it’s fair to comp him, but at least the physique (compares) to Kirby Puckett. Fireplug body, nicknamed ‘The Pitbull’ down there, and a real strength-speed combination. Very strong body, but even with that build, he can really run. In any arena, finding a good combination of strength and speed is really rare.”
  • Per a Dodger press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Chase DeJong and infielder Tim Locastro from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for three international signing slots: 27, 57 and 117. DeJong and Locastro have been assigned to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

DeJong, 21, was recently promoted to the Blue Jays’ Single-A Dunedin affiliate in the Florida State League, but only appeared in games with Single-A Lansing of the Midwest League this year, where he was 7-4 with a 3.13 ERA, a .231 opponents’ batting average and a 1.08 WHIP in 14 starts. The Long Beach native is in his fourth year of pro ball and has an 11-13 record with a 3.69 ERA in 56 career games (45 starts). He was originally selected by Toronto in the second round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Woodrow Wilson High School.

Locastro, 22, had a .310/.409/.421 slashline this year with Lansing, hitting five home runs and driving in 25 runs in 70 games. He has a .305 career batting average and a .399 on-base percentage in 180 minor league games in three professional seasons, earning selections as a 2014 MiLB.com Toronto organization All-Star and also a 2014 Single-A Northwest League All-Star. The New York native was originally selected by the Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2013 First-Year Player draft out of Ithaca College.
  • And here's another Dodger press release on an acquisition of a couple more players-this time from the Braves:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Caleb Dirks and outfielder Jordan Paroubeck from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for international signing slot No. 87. Dirks has been assigned to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Paroubeck will head to Arizona and continue rehabbing a minor quad injury.

Dirks, 22, made 17 combined relief appearances for the Braves’ Single-A Rome and Single-A Advanced Carolina affiliates, going 1-2 with three saves and posting a 0.68 ERA (2 ER/26.2 IP). Since being promoted to Single-A Advanced Carolina on May 8, he has pitched 16.2 scoreless innings in 11 relief appearances and was limiting hitters to a .148 average (8-for-54). The Riverside, CA native is in his second professional season and has a 2-2 record with a 1.53 ERA in 38 career games. He was originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 15th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft from California Baptist University.

Paroubeck, 20, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round (69th overall) of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Serra High School in San Mateo, CA. The switch-hitter batted .286 with four homers, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored in 34 games (all in left field) for San Diego’s Arizona League squad last season. In 2015, the 6’2 Paroubeck was dealt from San Diego to Atlanta in the Craig Kimbrel trade and played in 25 extended spring training games this year. 

    Per Eric Stephens it's a minor league contract (link)

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    Thursday, July 02, 2015

    Mets Series Starts Tomorrow - Scheduled Autograph Sessions, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


    The next homestand starts tomorrow against the New York Mets, and several former Dodgers are scheduled for an autograph session with fans.  Below are the scheduled autograph opportunities and other odds and ends for this upcoming homestand.

    Tommy Lasorda’s Trattoria will be offering the BLT Pizza during this homestand.  It features a fresh dough pizza slice with shredded mozzarella cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, topped with shredded iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes and drizzled with creamy Ranch dressing.  Check out a pic of it on the left.

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    Friday, July 3rd at 7:10 PM
    RHP Noah Syndergaard vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw
    ESPN / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

    Friday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM. It is Friday Night Fireworks, so fans will be able to go down onto the field after the game to watch the spectacle. The theme will be Country Rock Music featuring classic country songs covered by rock artists: Buck Owens covered by The Beatles, Merle Haggard covered by The Grateful Dead, Marty Robbins covered by Old 97’s, Dolly Parton covered by The White Stripes and Johnny Cash covered by Social Distortion.  Go here for information about future firework themes.

    Dodger alumnus Mickey Hatcher will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Kris Preston. 
    • The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring more than 25 signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions will take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items up for auction on Friday include a Joc Pederson autographed photo, Zack Greinke autographed baseball and Clayton Kershaw autographed Dodger jersey. The auction will end at 8:45 p.m.

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    Saturday, July 4th at 4:15 PM
    RHP Matt Harvey vs. RHP Zack Greinke
     FOX / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

    Saturday's game starts at 4:15 PM.  Auto gates open at 1:45 PM, and stadium gates open at 2:15 PM.

    The Extreme Loaded Dogs stands will be offering the Independence Day Dog on the 4th of July, only.  It consists of a quarter pound all beef Super Dodger Dog served with Applewood smoked bacon, pickled chips, potato salad and pickled red onions.  Check out a pic of it on the left.

    A 4th of July Postgame Musical Performance and Fireworks Show will be presented by Kurios From Cirque Du Soleil.  Fans are invited to enjoy both a patriotic musical performance by the USO Show Troupe and 4th of July fireworks spectacular.

    U.S. Coast Guard Second Class Petty Officer Mike Dalager, accompanied by Grand Folk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick, will perform the national anthem. U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Maria Guerra of Chino Hills and U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Samara Arias of Van Nuys will both throw a ceremonial first pitch. A color guard unit will be on hand and a giant flag will be unfurled in center field by more than 100 members of all branches of the military – U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard.

    Dodger alumnus Al Downing will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • The Military Heroes of the Game are U.S. Navy E4 Bobby Prevost and U.S. Navy E4 Kelly Prevost.

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    Sunday, July 5th at 1:10 PM
    LHP Steven Matz vs. RHP Mike Bolsinger
     SNLA/AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

    Sunday's game starts at 1:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 10:40 AM, and stadium gates open at 11:10 AM.  It is Photo Day and fans are invited to take photos of their favorite Dodgers on the field prior to the game. Fans can enter the field through center field and photos opportunities will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fans can take photos of players, but are asked not to ask for photos with players. Autographs will also not be permitted.

    Viva Los Dodgers will be at the historic 76 station beginning at 11:00 a.m. and will feature musical entertainment by DJ Raul Campos and Ballet Folklorico Otomi. Dodger broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela will make a special appearance from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Valenzuela will take photos with fans and fans will receive a complimentary photo printout courtesy of Blue Print.

    Former Miss Nevada, Ellie Smith, will perform the national anthem.

    Dodger alumnus Kenny Landreaux will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Justin Lits.
    • The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring more than 25 signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions will take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items up for auction on Sunday include an Andre Ethier autographed photo, Adrian Gonzalez autographed baseball and Yasiel Puig autographed Dodger jersey. The auction will end at 2:45 p.m.

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    2015 Onyx Authenticated Platinum Elite Baseball - The Yadier Alvarez Auto'd Card


    Have you ever heard of the Onyx Authenticated card company?

    Up until a few weeks ago I hadn't heard of them either. 

    It's a small card company that gears itself towards prospects, and featured in one of their products is an autographed Baseball card of recent Dodger international signee Yadier Alvarez.  Check it out above, and a reverse of the card is below.

    The set itself is called 2015 Onyx Authenticated Platinum Elite Baseball.  Go here for a description and partial checklist.  I am not aware of any other Dodger players or prospects in the set.  BTW, the set includes other top flight prospects like Miguel Sano, Carlos Correa, Tyler Kolek and Byron Buxton.

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    Dodgers Sign Yadier Alvarez on First Day of International Signing Period


    As you may know, the MLB international signing period just opened up today, and as expected the Dodgers are busy rounding up some of the best prospects available.  As reported earlier today, via Jesse Sanchez at MLB.com, they have already signed up four players; including a highly touted right-hander named Yadier Alvarez.
    According to industry sources, the Dodgers agreed to terms with Alvarez, 19, ranked No. 2 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list (for $16Mil); outfielder Starling Heredia, ranked No. 5, for $2.6 million; infielder Ronny Brito, ranked No. 21, for $2 million; and shortstop Oneal Cruz for $950,000. The club hasn't confirmed any of the deals.
    Sources indicate the Dodgers are also among the teams with serious interest in Cuban outfielder Eddy Julio Martinez, 20, ranked No. 1 on the list. Martinez is expected to command a signing bonus of more than $10 million. Los Angeles was also linked to shortstop Lucius Fox, ranked No. 3, from the Bahamas for several months.
    BTW, the Alvarez signing is now official.  Via a pic tweeted by FanGraphs writer Kiley McDaniel and Ben Badler of Baseball America, he signed his Dodger deal today.  Check out the pic below.

    In celebration of this recent Dodger signing I made the above fantasy card of Alvarez using a pic from Sports World News (Getty) and the 1971 Topps Baseball card design.   BTW, Alvarez already has a Baseball card on the market, so I'll be sharing a pic of that soon.

    UPDATE:  Via a Dodger press release:  They signing nine international ballplayers today.
    The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signings of nine international prospects, including four ranked in Fangraphs.com’s scoutboard 2015 International Prospects list: Yadier Alvarez (No. 1), Starling Heredia (No. 12), Ronny Brito (No. 15) and Oneil Cruz (No. 33).

    “We’re excited to add nine highly-skilled prospects as we continue to re-stock, inject talent and build depth at all levels of our organization,” said Dodger Vice President, International Scouting Bob Engle. “These signings are a testament to the hard work of our scouts and the international appeal of the Dodger brand.”

    The Dodgers signed six players from the Dominican Republic and one player each from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua:
    • Yadier Alvarez, 3/7/1996, Cuba, RHP, 6’2”, 172, Bats R/Throws R
    • Starling Heredia, 2/6/1999, Santo Domingo Norte, DR, OF, 6’1”, 220, Bats R/Throws R
    • Ronny Brito, 3/22/1999, San Francisco de Macoris, DR, SS, 6’0”, 168, Bats R/Throws R
    • Oneil Cruz, 10/4/1998, Bani, DR, SS, 6’4”, 174, Bats L/Throws R
    • Christopher Arias, 5/1/1999, Santo Domingo Norte, DR, OF, 6’2”, 182, Bats L/Throws L
    • Ramon Rosso, 6/9/1996, Santo Domingo, DR, RHP, 6’4”, 215, Bats R/Throws R
    • Carlos Rincon, 10/14/1997, Guerra, DR, OF, 6’0”, 175, Bats R/Throws R
    • Luis Rodriguez, 3/2/1999, Cumana Sucre, Venezuela, SS, 6’0”, 150, Bats S/Throws R
    • Aldo Espinoza, 9/11/1998, Managua, Nicaragua, 2B, 6’0”, 168, Bats R/Throws R

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